STONINGTON — A New York man is facing charges after the police said he led officers on a short chase that ended in Stonington Borough last week after he was caught attempting to scam the U.S. Post Office in Pawcatuck.
The man, 26-year-old Quaran Rahiem Hoe, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was charged Thursday with simple trespassing and interfering with an officer. He was released after posting a non-surety bond, the police said, and is due for arraignment in New London Superior Court later this month.
Stonington officers were called to the U.S. Post Office around 2:45 p.m. for reports that a man was attempting to take part in a money scam. The police said Hoe, who was identified as the suspect, was a passenger in a car that was stopped shortly thereafter in Stonington Borough.
During the traffic stop, the police said Hoe fled on foot. Officers initiated a search and called for assistance from the Town of Groton police, who provided a K-9 unit to assist in the search. The efforts by the dog were unsuccessful, the police said.
The police were still in the process of searching when an officer found Hoe hiding in a backyard area along Woodland Court. Hoe again attempted to run, but gave up after a short distance and surrendered to police without further incident.
Additional details of the attempted scam were not included in a police report. A message seeking further comment was not returned.
— Jason Vallee